Filling out your census form may help.
Getting a solid head count on who lives where helps the government disperse funds appropriately. According to our training on the 2020 Census, Minnesota receives $15 billion per year for programs such as Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Federal Transit Grants.
Even your local library is supported by Federal dollars that are distributed to communities based on Census data.
An under-count of our population means fewer dollars for our area, leaving some programs underfunded. It can also mean decreased representation in Washington, D.C., and fewer businesses willing to move to town, thus impacting our economic health.
Counting every individual in our community is crucial. As a Questionnaire Assistance Center for the 2020 Census, Meinders Community Library can help you navigate the ins and outs of the Census.
As the Census can be filled out online, we are hosting an informational session tomorrow night from 6pm-8pm. During this time, any community member can stop in and ask us questions about how the Census will work, what information you will need to fill out the Census, and why completing the Census is important to your community.
In addition, we will help you navigate the internet so you can be prepared for answering your Census online. This may include finding the right website, learning how to access information in a variety of different languages, or basic computer use such as using a mouse.
If you know anyone who could benefit from advance help with the Census, please share this information. Over the next six months, we will continue to host sessions and provide updated information to help make sure that our community is counted.
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